Forced Labour in Canadian Supply Chains

Forced labour can be found in every country and every sector. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are approximately 27.6 million victims of forced labour worldwide, including 17.3 million in the private economy. Forced labour and child labour risks occur primarily through the global supply chains of businesses. There is a risk that goods imported into and distributed in Canada were produced with forced labour or child labour. Entities and government institutions doing business in Canada have a responsibility to ensure that exploitative practices are addressed and eradicated from their supply chains.

The measures introduced through former Bill S-211, An Act to enact the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act and to amend the Customs Tariff (the Act), aim to increase industry awareness and transparency and drive businesses to improve practices.

Additional guidance will be developed and made available to support government institutions.

Reporting obligations

Who needs to report, timelines.

Prepare a report – Entities

Process, report requirements, guidance.

Submit a report

Complete questionnaire and submit report.

Catalogue

Repository for submitted reports.

Canada’s response

Federal initiatives to address forced labour and child labour in global supply chains.

Resources

Additional information, international tools and guidelines.

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